How the Court Calculates DUI Fines in Los Angeles

March 17, 2015

How the Court Calculates DUI Fines

A typical DUI fine in Los Angeles is $390 plus Penalty Assessments. The penalty assessments however, is the majority of the fine. Simply, the government adds 12 different additional fees ranging from $1 for every $10 of fine to $100 for every misdemeanor conviction. Those additions usually increase fines for a DUI conviction in Los Angeles to approximately $1,790; a huge difference from the $390 base fine.

The fine structure is not unique for Driving Under the Influence conviction. A conviction for running a red light, a $50 base fine, will be at least $225.

Here is the breakdown of the fines by statutes.

  1. PC 1464 adds $10 for every $10 of a base fine for every criminal offense,state penalty.
  2. GC 76000 adds $7 for every $10, county additional penalty 
  3. GC 7032 adds $5 (depends on County) for every $10 in fines for “local courthouse construction fund” – for Los Angeles and Ventura County $5
  4. GC 76104.6 adds $1 for every $10 in fines for county funds for all criminal offenses.
  5. GC 76104.7 adds $4 for every $10 
  6. GC 76000.5 authorizes $2 for every $10 if county board authorizes it to support emergency medical services. So the total penalty assessment varies between $21 for counties that don’t charge discretionary charges to $29 for counties that charge maximum allowed under the law for each $10 of a base fine. Not surprisingly, cash strapped Los Angeles county charges the full maximum allowed $29 dollars for every $10 in fines.
  7. VC 1465.7 adds %20 to the base fine for each offense.
  8. PC 1465.8 adds $40 fee for each fine.
  9. PC 1463.16 adds $50 alcohol abuse program
  10. PC 1202.4 adds $150 restitution fine for misdemeanors,or $300 if the person is convicted of a felony
  11. PC 1456.8 adds $40 as funding court operations
  12. GC 70373 adds $30 for each count of misdemeanor or felony and $35 for infractions.
DUI Fines in Los Angeles
So a DUI fine in Los Angeles should come up to $1790.00
Here is the math: $390 base +$1092 penalty assessment + $78 criminal conviction 20% tax + $20 +$50 alcohol program + $100 restitution fine + $30 court security fee+ $30
Hope it helps.

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3 responses to “How the Court Calculates DUI Fines in Los Angeles”

  1. Dillon says:

    howdy, good weblog, and an amazing understand! at least one for my favorites.

  2. ana says:

    Do i need to report to court after completion of ab-541?

    • admin says:

      Dear Ana,

      If you plead guilty and the terms of the probation state that you have to complete an AB-541, someone needs to file with the court either the proof of enrollment and proof of completion or both. If the court does not receive the proof of completion, they will issue a bench warrant for your arrest for failure to file the proof of completion. There is no centralized system that automatically tells the court that you completed the AB-541, so, unless you file the proof of completion, they will assume you abandoned the program.

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